No cookie jar is complete (aside from having a hand in it and a big red bow tied around it) without being topped to the brim with chunky home-made crunchies! The most forgiving item on the “to bake” list – you can adapt almost any typical crunchie recipe to suit your mood or pending occasion. This week I am feeling inspired to mix ‘sugar and spice’…the only real outcome of course is – just so nice!
INGREDIENTS (adapted from a Hulett’s Sugars recipe I found) ~
- 1 1/4 cups oats
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/4 cups coconut
- 3/4 cups white sugar
- 4 tspns golden syrup
- 1/2 cup slightly softened butter (I prefer using butter however you could use marg)
- 1 tspn bicarb
- 45-60ml boiling water
- 2 tsp good quality all spice mix OR dive into an Epices d’ amour spice gift set from the eat.art range of ‘Special Occasions Gifting’
1. Combine all the dry ingredients.
2. Melt the syrup and butter together. Combine the bicarb with the water and add to the butter mixture, and then add to the dry ingredients.
3. Press the mixture into a pre-greased square tin (20 x 20cm) and bake for 20 minutes at 150˚C. Gently press down the side if they rise too much.
4. Remove from the over when golden in colour and cut into squares. Switch the over off and then return the crunchies to the oven for about 10 minutes to dry out.
5. Allow to cool before removing from the tin.
For a breakfast friendly version, try adding a few chopped dried cranberries and sweet yellow sultanas and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon before placing back in the oven to dry out.
Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.